Robert David Steele is a former intelligence officer and President of Open Source Solutions, Inc., who has established himself as the leader in developing and propagating "private enterprise intelligence." He argues essentially that U.S. intelligence reform is needed, that reform should seek to maximize the use of open-source intelligence, and that the private sector can meet a high percentage of U.S. open-source intelligence needs at a reduced cost to the U.S. Government.
Other articles by Steele can be found at the web site maintained by Open Source Solutions, Inc.: http://www.oss.net.
For Steele's views on the state of OSINT in 2008, see "Reader's Forum": "The Open Source Program: Missing in Action," International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 21, no. 3 (Fall 2008): 609-619. Steele's discussion is available as a PDF file at: http://www.oss.net/dynamaster/file_archive/080624/abe802fd9251f08939e1513371e7c711/IJIC%20Steele%20on%20OSINT%20MIA%20Summer%202008.pdf.
See also Vernon Loeb, "Spying Intelligence Data Can Be an Open-Book Test: Firm Finds a Market for Publicly Available Information," Washington Post, 22 Mar. 1999, A17.
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